New Album Info: General
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1. Beautiful Day (4:06)
Q magazine description: "Synth whirls, guitar glimmers, then chorus explodes with snare drums and Joshua Tree widescreen splendour. Bono reckons its about a man who loses everything and feels better. 'See the bird with the leaf in her mouth / After the flood all the colours come out' backs him up."
2. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of (4:32)
description: "A sweet, understated rock ballad
that deftly explores the angst and
Q magazine description: "Theme of overcoming crisis ('this time will pass') and forging on established. Modern pop-soul sound an agreeable shock. Edge keeps it Steve Cropper simple. A keyboard rings out like a bell. Clayton and Mullen puntuate sparesely. Dusty Springfield in the house."
3. Elevation (3:46)
Billboard.com's description: "An acidic kicker that's mildly reminiscent of the tripped-out tone of earlier albums 'Pop' and 'Achtung Baby,' in that it deftly intermingles forceful rock elements with jittery hip-hop-derived beats and a swirl of distorted guitar/keyboard lines."
Q magazine description: "Reminiscient of Achtung Baby's The Fly in its rock'n'roll funksomeness: also features staccato SexBono. Evil guitars like The Breeders' Cannonball. Sonar 'boink' enhances beneath-sea-level ambience. Brilliant. Euro house-style sound-galloping-in-from-the distance bit. Putative single."
4. Walk On (4:55)
Billboard.com's description: "A classic U2 love song, featuring meticulous, clanging guitar-work from the Edge and yearning, worldly words of love by Bono. Lines like 'A singing bird in an open cage / Who will only fly for freedom,' as well as the tune's arena-friendly chorus, render it a natural single contender. 'It's one of the songs that people seem to have an instantly positive response to,' Bono says. 'It's going to be a lot of fun to play live.'"
Q magazine description: "'Love is hard but what else have we got?' ponders Bono, sort of, incorporating shades of We Shall Overcome. 'A place has to be believed to be seen' is the very clever line. Edge bullied into playing poignant guitar solo. Graceful, noble, and leads aptly into ... "
5. Kite (4:23)
Billboard.com's description: "An orchestral opening flourish segues into a languid rock-ballad rrangement, leaving ample room for Bono to deliver one of the more impassioned vocals heard on the album. The Edge punctuates the track with deliciously intricate lead guitar riffs, while Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen underscore the track with taut, insinuating rhythms that provide motion without overpowering the innate intimacy of the song."
Q magazine description: "Derives (as does Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get out Of and parts of Elevation) from first nine months of recording. Bono playes complex POV games while the band establish tidal ebb and flow, building on a wistful wobbly synth sample. A song about the year 2000, as if written in 2030. "
6. In A Little While (3:37)
Billboard.com's description: "The club-savvy team of Richard Stannard and Julian Gallagher makes a post-production cameo on this notably low-key, pop-splashed gem. Bono wails with ample soul, while Stannard and Gallagher put their natural rhythmic intuition to fine use."
Q magazine description: "Guitar, bass and hip-hop drum loop lope languidly in modernized Al-Green style. Bono gives it 100 per cent vocal ache. 'It's a bit cheesy, a bit lounge,' says the singer. 'So I had to be soulful or it would have been ... funny.' Spice Girls' Biff Stannard credited with the purging of 'pastiche' elements."
7. Wild Honey (3:45)
Billboard.com's description: "A pleasantly simple, acoustic-framed pop strummer on which Bono is at his most earthy and romantic."
Q magazine description: "Playful, acoustic guitar-driven, lovelorn cousin of Van Morrison circa Moondance. All temptations to add anything superflous overlooked, barring momentary operatic explosion from Bono. Bono's 'I'm singing like a bird' claim not without foundation."
8. Peace On Earth (4:46)
Billboard.com's description: "This track is a firm reminder that few bands can get as intensely philosophical and political in their music as U2 does without coming off hammer-handed. Rather, this epic composition succeeds in examining the woes of the world within a structure that also includes a firm, insinuating melody and an infectious hook. A beautiful, heartfelt song that effectively references Sophocles' 'The Cure At Troy' as translated by Seamus Heaney."
Q magazine description: "Jesus is interrogated, not unbitterly about the Omagh bomb. Muted sleighride intro screams 'Christmas Number 1!', and primary-colour melody wouldn't look bad on Robbie Williams. 'Hear it every Christmas time / But hope and history won't rhyme' is killer line, adapted from Seamus Heaney."
9. When I Look At The World (4:15)
(U2, Bono, the Edge)
Billboard.com's description: "A perfect companion to 'Peace On Earth,' as the band launches into a rumbling, militaristic beat that is fondly reminiscent of its 1984 anthem 'Pride (In The Name of Love).' In the end, however, this tune doesn't have the same white-knuckled attack. Instead, this song (one of several on which the Edge contributes lyrics) simmers, relying more on a quietly guttural power than heady screams and proclamations."
Q magazine description: "A more urgent revisitation of The Ground Beneath Her Feet's melodic territory and the record's biggest 'grower.' Lyric about envying another's more organic way of dealing with life, embriodered with echo box-guitar, naive keyboard see-saws and occasional child-wailing guitar interjections"
10. New York (5:28)
Billboard.com's description: " An undeniable love letter to one of the world's most famous cities, penned from the wide-eyed perspective of a European seeking the so-called promised land. Encased in a slow-building rock framework, 'New York' is a clever, often amusing ditty that tempers its ardor with a fair amount of realism."
description: "Curious, under-a-blanket drum loop
unveails conversational, man-loses-himself novella with
apt Where The Streets Have No Name guitar quote. Poignant
Sinatra anecdote (Bono: 'He picked up this napkin, said
'I remember when my eyes were that blue' and put it in
11. Grace (5:31)
description: "A soft, subtle closer that nicely
counters the sonic blast coursing through
Q magazine description: "The album's most Enofield moment with the soft guitar, distant synth and stroked bass counterpoint recalling, if anything, The Unforgettable Fire. 'Grace is the idea I get most excited about,' says Bono. 'More so than karma. If I have to live by karma then I'm coming back as a frog.'"
12. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois
Other Titles: These are song titles mentioned in interviews with the band and articles about the album. The band has said on several occassions that song titles have changed several times, so some of the following could be old names for songs that are on the album, or they may be extra tracks left off the album.
"Stir My Soul" was once reported as a possibility to lead off the album. It has undergone several transformations, including a name change (was titled "Jubilee"). Described as "delicate and beautiful, driven by hypnotic piano motif."
"Home (The Bird Has Flown)" which The Edge described as a "standout, very uplifting and beautiful." Rolling Stone magazine says it is "the closest they have come in years to their surging late '80s sound."
"Out of jokes, out of smokes, out of
punches and on the ropes
"Bulldozer" which Larry has said to be his personal favorite thus far.
"Sun the Moon and the Stars" which has been called a summer song. The "Discotheque" HowieB HairyB Mix has a short line where Bono sings a chorus of "heaven, heaven, you want heaven, the sun, moon, and the stars", a similarity which could mean "The Sun, Moon, And The Stars" was written in 1998; Adam Clayton has said the sessions for the new album started shortly after the Pop Mart Tour had ended.
"Origin Of Species"
"Tough" which was inspired by Bono's father.